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Winter Wonders is also an opportunity to enjoy the exceptional cultural activities available in the city centre.

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Winter Wonders is also an opportunity to enjoy the exceptional cultural activities available in the city centre.
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One room in Brussels City Museum focuses on the famous Manneken-Pis fountain and its turbulent history. It retraces the monument’s history from the fifteenth century to the present day, showing why the corner of Rue de l’Étuve and Rue de Chêne is a visitor must-see. The unwavering popularity of Brussels’s favourite son is also examined, explaining a complex phenomenon that’s still something of a mystery today.

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The Grand-Place to be exhibition reveals all the secrets of this highlight of Brussels architecture and life, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The original five-metre statue of Saint Michel, specially moved for the occasion, guides the visitor through rare and never-before-seen exhibits. Paintings, antiques, engravings and photographs illustrate the square’s turbulent history, various functions and uses as well as its transformations from the twelfth century to today. The restoration projects are presented to the public for the first time. A real look behind the scenes of the world’s most beautiful square!

Manneken-Pis, whose original statue is kept at Brussels City Museum, is celebrating its 400th birthday this year. It’s definitely Brussels’s biggest star. It has over 1,000 costumes and regularly adds new ones to its already incredible collection. It’s the only statue in the world to have such an extensive wardrobe and to be dressed over 170 days a year. This unique museum presents nearly 150 exceptional costumes from around the world, which have been divided into several themes.

American Roger Ballen has been based in South Africa for more than thirty years. As one of the leading photographers of his generation, he offers an immersion into his particular world, The Theatre of the Ballenesque, while Belgian plastic artist Ronny Delrue — a painter, illustrator and sculptor — presents personal artworks and some of his Correspondances, a collection of artistic exchanges with international artists including Roger Ballen. Through different media (photographs, videos, installations, drawings), this dialogue lifts the veil on the specificities and affinities of Ballen and Delrue: scrutinizing the unconscious through creation. These two projects come with exceptional partnerships with major Belgian institutions: the Ancienne Belgique (Brussels), which celebrates its fortieth anniversary in 2019, and Ghent’s S.M.A.K

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One room in Brussels City Museum focuses on the famous Manneken-Pis fountain and its turbulent history. It retraces the monument’s history from the fifteenth century to the present day, showing why the corner of Rue de l’Étuve and Rue de Chêne is a visitor must-see. The unwavering popularity of Brussels’s favourite son is also examined, explaining a complex phenomenon that’s still something of a mystery today.

grand-place-be-exposition.jpg

The Grand-Place to be exhibition reveals all the secrets of this highlight of Brussels architecture and life, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The original five-metre statue of Saint Michel, specially moved for the occasion, guides the visitor through rare and never-before-seen exhibits. Paintings, antiques, engravings and photographs illustrate the square’s turbulent history, various functions and uses as well as its transformations from the twelfth century to today. The restoration projects are presented to the public for the first time. A real look behind the scenes of the world’s most beautiful square!

Manneken-Pis, whose original statue is kept at Brussels City Museum, is celebrating its 400th birthday this year. It’s definitely Brussels’s biggest star. It has over 1,000 costumes and regularly adds new ones to its already incredible collection. It’s the only statue in the world to have such an extensive wardrobe and to be dressed over 170 days a year. This unique museum presents nearly 150 exceptional costumes from around the world, which have been divided into several themes.

American Roger Ballen has been based in South Africa for more than thirty years. As one of the leading photographers of his generation, he offers an immersion into his particular world, The Theatre of the Ballenesque, while Belgian plastic artist Ronny Delrue — a painter, illustrator and sculptor — presents personal artworks and some of his Correspondances, a collection of artistic exchanges with international artists including Roger Ballen. Through different media (photographs, videos, installations, drawings), this dialogue lifts the veil on the specificities and affinities of Ballen and Delrue: scrutinizing the unconscious through creation. These two projects come with exceptional partnerships with major Belgian institutions: the Ancienne Belgique (Brussels), which celebrates its fortieth anniversary in 2019, and Ghent’s S.M.A.K

Worn by famous actresses, photographed by the greats, Maison Carine Gilson’s pieces combine skill and modernity. Her signature: the lace inlay. Through this new exhibition, one of the first of its kind, the Brussels-based designer reveals what inspires her, retraces her collaborations and draws from the museum’s archives to celebrate Brussels’s lace, particularly in lingerie. A surprising dialogue between 200 years of lace history and 30 years of couture lingerie… in lace!

For the 22nd consecutive year, Be Belgian and Behave! reveals the comic potential of an often-surrealistic country. The result is sometimes absurd, often cutting but always funny and current. They make fun of everything and everyone. The show is performed in the prestigious Salle de La Madeleine, a stone’s throw from Grand-Place, between 30 November and 21 December as well as on New Year’s Eve. Thanks to a partnership with some leading city-centre restaurants, ticket holders can dine before or after the show. A VIP package including a walking dinner is also available.

In the Halles Saint-Géry, a legendary Brussels venue, around thirty students and alumni from the Institut Jeanne Toussaint (Campus Arts & Métiers) exhibit their leather goods, jewellery and garments. Visitors can explore the work of tomorrow’s local designers and stimulate local arts and crafts by buying a unique Christmas gift.

Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival is one of the cultural events that makes our capital an open, colourful and tolerant city. After spending several years at The Botanique, it’s moving to a new location to celebrate its thirtieth anniversary. From 29 November to 7 December, Cinemamed is coming to Cinéma Palace. The legendary arthouse cinema will screen a unique selection of short or feature-length dramas and documentaries from Mediterranean countries. A platform for exchange, diversity and reflection, the Festival will also stage several debates and meetings, evening events, concerts and workshops as well as a market to taste flavours from the Mediterranean area.

Worn by famous actresses, photographed by the greats, Maison Carine Gilson’s pieces combine skill and modernity. Her signature: the lace inlay. Through this new exhibition, one of the first of its kind, the Brussels-based designer reveals what inspires her, retraces her collaborations and draws from the museum’s archives to celebrate Brussels’s lace, particularly in lingerie. A surprising dialogue between 200 years of lace history and 30 years of couture lingerie… in lace!

For the 22nd consecutive year, Be Belgian and Behave! reveals the comic potential of an often-surrealistic country. The result is sometimes absurd, often cutting but always funny and current. They make fun of everything and everyone. The show is performed in the prestigious Salle de La Madeleine, a stone’s throw from Grand-Place, between 30 November and 21 December as well as on New Year’s Eve. Thanks to a partnership with some leading city-centre restaurants, ticket holders can dine before or after the show. A VIP package including a walking dinner is also available.

In the Halles Saint-Géry, a legendary Brussels venue, around thirty students and alumni from the Institut Jeanne Toussaint (Campus Arts & Métiers) exhibit their leather goods, jewellery and garments. Visitors can explore the work of tomorrow’s local designers and stimulate local arts and crafts by buying a unique Christmas gift.

Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival is one of the cultural events that makes our capital an open, colourful and tolerant city. After spending several years at The Botanique, it’s moving to a new location to celebrate its thirtieth anniversary. From 29 November to 7 December, Cinemamed is coming to Cinéma Palace. The legendary arthouse cinema will screen a unique selection of short or feature-length dramas and documentaries from Mediterranean countries. A platform for exchange, diversity and reflection, the Festival will also stage several debates and meetings, evening events, concerts and workshops as well as a market to taste flavours from the Mediterranean area.